Harold John Parkin (1885–1948)


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Phoographs courtesy Barbara Singleton (with thanks to Alan Beardshaw)

Harold Parkin in WW1

Harold Pakin in WW1

Harold when he was a Lance Corporal

Harold was born in 1885, and like his brother he worked as a railway clerk. He married Betsy Dawes 20 June 1914 at Crich.

1918 Crich voters
Harold J Parkin, Bull Bridge; absent on military service.

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier 16 November 1918
At Crich Church of England School on Saturday a sale of work in aid of the Prisoners of War Fund was opened by Mrs Dunn of The Tors. Stalls were provided by the Young Ladies’ Class and the Day School children. The former realised £15 11s, and the scholars’ stall cleared £12 11s. With the sale of refreshments and admission charges are some of £30 was realised. Mr J. Haywood had the arrangements in hand.

Mr H. Dyson presided over a meeting of the Crich and Fritchley Free Churches, held at the Bower on Wednesday when arrangements were made for holding a united thanksgiving service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday

Amongst the soldiers who have been at home to participate in the peace rejoicing is were Corporals Oscar Snow, of Chase Cliff Farm, and Harold J. Parkin, of Hill Top House, Crich Common. Corpl. Snow who came over on Saturday from Salonika is on his first leave since July 1915. He has seen service in France, Egypt, Salonika, and Bulgaria, and during his three years and four months fighting has escaped being wounded. He has had a malaria however on several occasions.

A bitter experience befell Mr and Mrs George Cooke, of the Common, Crich, on Monday, four after having heard from their son Pte. Duncan Cooke, a few days previously that he was coming on leave, wire reach them to say he had died of bronchial pneumonia at a base Hospital at Rouen. Pte. Cooke, who was attached to the Sherwood Transport section, had started from the front on leave, but on reaching Rouen was detained there through an attack of influenza. This developed to pneumonia and he died on Thursday of last week. Pte. Cooke joined the Sherwood's about 4 years ago. He was a prominent player of the Crich United football club. Before enlisting he was employed at the Ambergate Mills as a wire drawer he was 25 years of age. His elder brother, Corpl. William Cooke, is in France.

Fritchley Church of England School is to lose his headmaster, Mr. J. Andrew, who has obtained a similar post at a school in the Oldham district. By the time he relinquishes his position at Fritchley – the end of the year – he would have held the headship of the six years. In addition to the Day School Mr. Andrew has conducted the evening continuation classes at Fritchley.

On Thursday of last week, at Belper, the wedding took place of Corpl. John W Porter, eldest son of Mrs A.Porter, of Bottom Side, and Miss Rosie Allen, eldest daughter of Mr Samuel Allen of the Tors, Crich. The bridegroom was one of the first group to enlist from Crich, and has nearly 4 years service in France. The bridesmaids were bride's sister, Miss Mabel Alan, and Miss Annie Porter, the bridegroom's sister. Mr Fred Porter brother of the bridegroom was best man. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride. The bridegroom left to rejoin his regiment on Sunday.

Owing to the illness of the vicar the services at Crich Parish Church were conducted by the Rev. James Williams on Sunday. Mr Williams, who was been cureate in the parish for several years is a chaplain with the forces.

Derby Courier 1 November 1919
Sergt. Harold J Parkin of Hill Top House, Fritchley, has been demobilised after over three years' service in France. He was on the clerical staff of the Midlands Railway Company at Derby at the time he joined up.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

1939 Register: Brocco Bank, Sheffield
Harold J Parkin b.13 April 1885; railway clerk
Betsy V Parkin b.17 September 1886
Betty Beardshaw (Parkin) b. 18 December 1920; invoice clerk steel works
James D Parkin b.18 March 1927; school
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Harold J Parkin married Betsy Dawes 20 June 1914 at Crich


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
John James Parkin Head 39 Foreman lime works Fritchley
Annie E Parkin wife 40   Cromford
George N Parkin son 16 Railway clerk Fritchley
Harold J Parkin son 15 Railway clerk Fritchley
Frank A Parkin son 14 Clerk commercial Fritchley
Mary Ellen Parkin daughter 10   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
John James Parkin Head 49 Lime worker Fritchley
Annie Elizth Parkin wife 50   Cromford
Harold John Parkin son 25 Railway clerk Fritchley
Frank Ashton Parkin son 24 Railway clerk Fritchley
Mary Ellen Parkin daughter 20   Fritchley
Elsie Annie Whitham niece 20   Ecclesfield
Emily Millicent Annie Elliott cousin 41   Manchester

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Harold Parkin's brothers Frank Parkin and George Parkin are also on the Roll of Honour.